Hannah Ishizaki is a composer and sound artist based in New York City. Lauded as "Imaginative" by the New York Times and "a visionary who grounds herself in study and taste" by Ideas Zone, her music seeks to foster connections between musicians and the audience through the explorations of the physicality of music performance. Hannah finds inspiration in the process of composition, leading her to experiment with a wide range of instruments and sound generating methods—from acoustic instruments in an orchestra to digital sensors to rocks and zippers. Immersed in the world of collaboration, Hannah has worked with dancers, actors, filmmakers, and visual artists, to connect the seemingly unconnected and create innovative and multidisciplinary projects. Hannah has been commissioned and performed by internationally acclaimed artists such as Midori Goto, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Moritzburg Festival. Recently, Hannah was named one of five 2023 Hildegard commission winners, which is presented by National Sawdust and generously supported by The Onassis Foundation and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
For String Octet, 4 vln, 2 vla, 2 vlc. 10' Commissioned by the Moritzburg Festival and to be written in Dresden on a Artist in Residence Grant by the Stiftung for Kunst und Musik Dresden.
For Solo String Quintet and String Orchestra. Duration: 12 minutes. Read and recorded by Kevin Zhu, Nathan Meltzer, Joshua Kail, Sterling Elliott, and Nina Bernat with the Juilliard Orchestra on May 4, 2021.